Sunday, March 31, 2013

Reading Forbes

First off... Happy Easter to everyone!  Tonight, as is tradition, we are eating a fantastic cut of prime rib. I'm super excited for it to finish cooking so I can dig in! I also got to see Heidi and her family via Facetime so that was really neat. Technology is fantastic in the sense that I was able to listen to their choir sing and hear the hand bell choirs.

When I get a chance I like to read Forbes, the American business magazine. Sometimes I find really great articles like this one: 'Don't Go To Law School,' 'Move to Asia,' And 28 Other Pearls of Wisdom for 2012 Grads by Kashmir Hill.  I've taken the liberty to list some of my favorites below, but be sure to read the article, especially if you are a recent grad.
"Schedule at least one get-together a year with your best college buddies."
"Pick where you want to work and take any job you will get there. Smart people will rise in any organization."
"Never, ever burn bridges."
"Don't worry about not knowing what you want to do. This is very normal and means you are human."
"Go out for drinks with friends, even when you don't want  to. Your dream job isn't going to fly through your bedroom window. Chances are it's coming from one of your friends."
"...start saving for retirement..."
"Do take control of your digital footprint. Blog."
"Read. Read as much as you can. It will make you a better writer, a better speaker, and more interesting."
"Don't settle."
"Get business cards printed for yourself."
"Always live below your means. Start saving for emergencies and retirement now."
"Don't let the 'real world' shock you, be humble and persistent. You may not start by doing what you love, but you'll get there."

Another great articles I found on Forbes is titled 14 Things Successful People Do on Weekends. I grabbed a few of my favorites and listed them below, because I think everyone needs to have great weekends.  I like that the article hit on making time for family and friends, exercising, pursuing a passion, and volunteering. Check out the full article for more great things successful people do on the weekends, like this one, "Recharge. We live in a competitive world, Vanderkam says. “Peak performance requires managing downtime, too–with the goal of really recharging your batteries.” That’s how the most successful people get so much done."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Painted Hills of Oregon

On the drive home today from Sisters, I decided to take a side trip and drive over to the Painted Hills of Oregon. The Painted Hills are one of three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and I have always wanted to see them, so I decided it was about time to!

According to some of the interpretive signs, the hills are inhospitable to plants. The surface clay particles absorb rain water so well and hold water so tightly most plants cannot draw it out. Interesting, huh?

I was a little worried when I stopped at the Painted Hills Unit because it had been raining most of the morning, but since it dropped off to a light sprinkle I figure that I should take a chance. I had heard that the hills are more pastel than vivid colored, but was I ever surprised! The hills were so amazing! According to one interpretive sign, "The colors of the Painted Hills constantly change. After rain fall, the hills darken greatly from their normal color."  So even though the sky was a dull grey, the hills were really vivid and bursting with color.

I managed to make it to all the trails in the Painted Hills unit, but I can't post all of the photos (that would be too many) so here are my favorites. And yes, this is still a lot of photos!  Also, thank goodness for self timers on cameras, because I was able to snap some photos of myself and the hills!

(You can click on the photos to make them larger.)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2013

Whew! It's been a crazy weekend and I really haven't had a chance to blog because I've been tired, but here's a recap of what has been happening:

Last Thursday, Mark and I drove from Sisters to Albany to set up our booth for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo. We had to chain up heading up Santiam Pass out of Sisters, but honestly the weather wasn't too bad. (Mark and I have driven in far worse weather during hunting season.) We arrived in Albany in the afternoon and set up our booth.

Once we finished setting up the booth we headed over to Bobbi's house - a long time friend of my mom and dad's. Mark rented a room at a (shady) hotel for himself and I stayed in Bobbi's guest room.

The Cornucopia Lodge booth

On Friday I got to enjoy a delicious waffle breakfast before heading off to the horse expo. There were a fair amount of people on Friday and I think we managed to market Cornucopia Lodge, Wilderness Horse Camp, and Catch a Falling Star really well. I got a break and caught clinician Mark Bolender working with some people over trail obstacles. It was interesting to watch and I think you can always learn something at horse-related clinics. I also managed to look at horse trailers that I would never be able to afford!

This is the inside of a bumper pull LQ horse trailer!
Saturday was our busiest day but I still managed to seek away to watch Chris Cox. I really like his horse, and people, methods. Plus I think he has an amazing colt starting talent!  I also got to watch his afternoon clinic which was focused on building rider confidence.

Christ Cox riding the newly-started colt. (I'm circled in red)
There wasn't an abundant amount of people on Sunday, but we figured it would be relatively slow given that on a sunny day most people would spend the weekend riding. I did however purchase a brand new pair of well made saddle bags from Buckaroo Leather Products. Great guy who makes the products and I think they will be exactly what I need this summer!

During this trip, Bobbi has been such a great hostess! She fixed me some dinner when I didn't get to grab any at the show, has fed my dessert every night, and has been really fantastic!

Now it's Monday and Mark and I are headed back to Sisters, which is where I left my pickup truck. Then I'll either drive home tonight or tomorrow depending upon when we get to Sisters.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sister's for a Night

Today Mark and I headed off from Union to Sister's on the scenic highway. I've never been over on this side of Oregon - but boy is it pretty! (Except for the rain... and wind...) We made several stops along the way and I snapped some pictures.

We first stopped at Phillips Lake in Baker County. Phillips Lake is a massive reservoirs that Baker City and the surrounding ranches draw their water from. I think Mark said it was fed by snowmelt and Power River. Fun fact I looked up on the internet:  When the lake is full it is five miles long, covers 2435 acres, and has a capacity of 90,500 acre-feet. (Wow!) The lake was named for Fred Phillips, who was a Baker resident and long-time advocate of creating the reservoir

Phillips Lake

We then stopped to overlook the John Day Valley.  It's beautiful and those mountains in the distance are the Strawberry mountains. I learned once that the John Day River is the third longest free-flowing river in the conterminous United States because the river has no dams. The river and subsequent valley was named for John Day, a member of the Astor Expedition, who wandered lost through this part of Oregon in the winter of 1811–1812.
Overlooking the John Day Valley
We also drove through part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. I think it's so pretty there!

John Day Fossil Beds
National Monument

Picture Canyon
There are also a ton of really neat rock features along the route. If I have all day I would stop and take hundreds of photos!

Neat Rock Feature

Plus one day I want to see the Painted Hills... I guess I "kind of" saw them far off in the distance.

Painted Hills

Oh... and I saw a "shoe-tree" just outside of Mitchell Oregon! It was pouring rain though so I couldn't grab a photo!  But here is a picture I found on Google of the tree we passed:


Oh yes. Why are we in Sisters, Oregon? Well this is where Mark (who works for us) actually lives when he's not living in our house. We are staying here overnight before heading to Albany to attend the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo to represent Cornucopia Lodge. Once in Albany I'll stay overnight with Bobbi who is a good friend of the family.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Paint My Wagon... Red

I have determined that the brown wagon was looking a little sad and it was time for a new paint job. So what color did I chose? Red of course! I think a red wagon pulled by either a team of draft horses or mules would look really awesome.

Here are some photos of the project thus far. I should finish it by tomorrow; but until then you can see what I have done. (The blue in the photos is just painters tape to make sure I don't paint the black metal.)

Bare brown wagon! (Pre-sanding)
Sanded and First Coat of Red

Taped off and Painting Red
Front of the Wagon
The Back

My Helper!
Small Eagle Detail

ALMOST done!
UPDATE: 3/13/13... I am so close to finishing the wagon. Today I did some touch up painting and removed all of the tape. I applied new door latches under the driver seat and I then put in some carpet. All that's left it getting the name "Cornucopia Lodge" on the side and building some seat cushions. (The seat cushions that were previously in the wagon got teared apart by the elements and mice.) 

View of the Carpet

Doesn't it look great?!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Black and White

I don't normally work in a black and white medium. Why? Well, I enjoy shooting black and white with an SLR - not a digital camera. I love using my grandpa's Minolta camera... there is something about working with black and white film that is amazing. I could scan in some photos from my SLR, but that seems like an lot of work. So instead, have a look at some black and white photos I've captured with my digital camera.

This is Eagle Cap of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, standing majestically over a land once filled with Cayuse, Shoshone, and Nez Perce Indians.

The monkeys at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia seem to guard the temple from touchy tourists. This little guy sat still long enough for me to grab this photo.

I think vines are really intriguing. It's fascinating how they are able to wrap around a tree and work their way towards the sunlight far, far above. This photo was captured when I was in Australia doing plot samples in a rainforest. Talk about an awesome place to spend the day!

Similar to vines are exposed tree roots - they twist and curve in the most interesting shapes! This tree root structure is one I accidentally stumbled across while hiking in Moab, Utah. I love each root and the shape it produces - not to mention it's next to an incredible red rock face, which gives it such a perfect background.

And of course, what would a blog post by Katlin be without some horses? I love this photo because we came from the hills that you can barely make out in the distance. I forget exactly how many miles we rode that day - but I can tell you we left at seven am and didn't get back to the trailhead until 11 o'clock at night. Still - it was worth it to see this view!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers This week’s Challenge is: Black and White!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wagons and 'Wild' Horses

What am I up to today? Well, I need to sand and paint a wagon that can be pulled by a team of draft horses. (It's going to be bright red!)

I also need to take pictures of some horses we are trying to sell. They are pretty wild - but they are gorgeous! It's sunny right now (7:18 am) so I hope it warms up and stays sunny. I'll post some photos later today.